Duterte-backed Labella leads tight race vs. Osmeña for Cebu City mayoralty

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 13) — The endorsement of President Rodrigo Duterte seems to have worked for Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgar Labella, who so far currently leads the city's mayoral race against reelectionist Tomas "Tommy" Osmeña and three other rivals.

According the partial and unofficial tally of the Cebu City Board of Canvassers Monday, Labella, a PDP-Laban bet, is on top of the race with 245,658 votes against Osmeña who got 228,690 votes.

Third in the ranking is independ bet Paul Osmena with 2,540 votes, followed by Junry Concepcion and John Dayondon with 930 votes and 652 votes, respectively.

At the homestretch of the 2019 polls, Labella's candidacy gained a major boost after he was endorsed by Duterte during a private meeting in Malacañang. Reports said the two also discussed plans for Cebu City.

Osmeña has been the city's chief executive for several terms since 1987. He first became the city's mayor from 1987 to 1995, then began another three-term stint in 2001 up to 2010. He lost the mayoral race in 2013 but was reelected in 2016.

This is a developing story.